Main   Exercise 6C47 by Richard Pavlicek  

Fun with Squeezes

As South, answer each question about the play.

1.
N-S Vul
S A Q 8 5
H 5 4 3
D 5 4 3
C K J 2
Lead: H K Table
 
 
 
S K 2
H A 6 2
D A K 7 2
3 NT SouthC A Q 4 3

How many sure tricks?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

On which round do you win the H A? (1 2 3)

What is the best play?

A. Lead clubs first
B. Lead diamonds first
C. Lead spades first

2.
None Vul
S 5 2
H 8 7 6
D A K 9 6 2
C Q 3 2
Lead: S 6 TableEast wins S A then leads S 4
 
 
 
S K 8
H K Q 5
D 5 4 3
3 NT SouthC A K J 10 5

How many sure tricks?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

Is it safe to give up the lead early?

What is the best play?

A. Lead the H Q from your hand
B. Lead the D 3 and finesse the nine
C. Run the clubs immediately

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3.
None Vul
S A K 9 8 4 3
H K 7
D J 5
C A 6 2
Lead: D K TableWest wins D A then leads C J
 
 
 
S 5
H A Q J 10 9 4
D Q 3
4 H SouthC 9 5 4 3

How many sure tricks?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

On which round do you win the C A? (1 2)

What is the best play?

A. Lead all your trumps
B. Win S A-K and ruff a spade
C. Give up a club trick

4.
None Vul
S A 3
H 6 5 4 3
D A Q 4
C 10 6 4 3
Lead: C K TableWest continues with C A
 
 
 
S K Q J 10 9 8
H A K 9 2
D K 5
4 S SouthC 7

How many sure tricks?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

Which threat suit contains a crucial entry?

What is the best play?

A. Lead all your trumps
B. S A; club ruff; lead all your trumps
C. Win three diamonds then lead trumps

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5.
N-S Vul
S A 9 8 7 3
H 6 4 3 2
D
C 5 4 3 2
Lead: H J TableEast wins H A then leads H 8
 
 
 
S Q 2
H K Q
D A K 10
6 C SouthC A K Q J 10 9

How many sure tricks?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

How many trumps do you lead immediately?

What is the best play?

A. Diamond ruff; finish trumps
B. Diamond ruff; heart ruff; finish trumps
C. Lead the S Q and let it ride

6.
None Vul
S J 5 3
H A 4
D 7 6 3
C A Q J 10 9
Lead: S 10 TableC finesse loses, East returns S
 
 
 
S A K
H K Q J
D A K 8 5 2
6 NT SouthC 6 5 3

How many sure tricks?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

Which threat suit contains a crucial entry?

What is the best play?

A. Run the clubs then the diamonds
B. Run the clubs then the hearts
C. Run the hearts then the clubs

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© 1990 Richard Pavlicek